Rincon Sky Port?

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Does anyone know anything new about Rincon island? A friend heard a group is trying to turn it into a thing for helicopters to land. Some presentations were given in Montecito.

I found this website (https://www.rinconskyport.org/) but nothing else. Does anyone have more information?

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venturasurfer121 Sep 18, 2020 11:09 AM
Rincon Sky Port?

it seems more info is posted on the site about UC Berkeley doing a study for using Rincon Island with helicopters and Uber Airtaxi's . That could be cool.

John Wiley Sep 15, 2020 11:47 AM
Rincon Sky Port?

Questions come to mind. What would it be like landing there in windy conditions, given the raised rock seawall? I guess it would need a raised helipad to help avoid turbulence from that. What would be or has been done about the causeway? Maybe limit that to golf carts and use water access for heavy stuff, though if big trucks are using it now... How often is weather there below minimums (low clouds or fog) for helicopters? How long would it be useful, given the possibility of many helicopter alternatives now in trials (including self-piloted air taxis) that are quieter and may have more landing options? Some electric designs claim to be far quieter, lighter and faster than helicopters, with a wider variety of "skyport" options including many rooftops. Small electric fans rather than big whirling blades. But maybe voters would prefer even those be limited to an interesting idea like the Rincon Skyport?

John Wiley Sep 15, 2020 11:36 AM
Rincon Sky Port?

Interesting idea. There's more info about the island on the wiki - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rincon_Island_(California)

venturasurfer121 Sep 15, 2020 10:01 AM
Rincon Sky Port?

Think positive man! Using Rincon Island as a heliport or something kinda makes sense. Get all Helicopters away from the land and from over the people… The pier has been getting work done on it for a while now, when I surf Rincon, you can see them working on it and heavy trucks using the pier all the way to the island. It has to still be rated for that type of vehicle, so I don’t think it will fall down any time soon.

Eggs Ackley Sep 15, 2020 08:59 AM
Rincon Sky Port?

We just spent millions on an airport, but helicopter? No way State Lands can give up their obligation to restore the site. Helicopter for fat cats are not an ocean dependent use so no go at CCC, especially to rebuild the causeway which is about to fall in the sea. Better to use the cemetery.

Always_Running Sep 14, 2020 09:54 AM
Rincon Sky Port?

The Independent just had an article in their paper. The article was written by Santa Cruz Island Foundation, “ In 2017, the California State Lands Commission took back the leases associated with Rincon Island, ending offshore oil drilling and production from the site. Rincon Island is now part of the California Coastal Sanctuary.” They stated they were trying to receive permission for their 2nd Rincon Island Party.

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